Mel Stride

    STUART ROGERS, Postmaster of Ashburton Post Office branch will receive the British Empire medal for services to the local community. The announcement in the Queens’ Birthday Honours list reflects the contribution he has made since he and his wife Jackie took over the branch in 2013. During this time Stuart has been instrumental in maintaining and extending library services in the town, promoting awareness of the banking services that are available at the Post Office counter after the closure of local bank branches and donating 2p from every customer transaction at the Post Office’s AGM to a local charity fund that benefits the local community.
    On learning of the award, Stuart was typically humble and said:
    “I am absolutely shocked, and extremely delighted to be recognised with this honour. We have always worked to the ethos that the Post Office should actively participate in the town, not just operate in it, and that has been part of everything that we do. This honour is not just for me, but for all of the team, and for the whole of Ashburton which is a fantastic community that I am proud to be a part of. Our customers make the Post Office what it is and without their support there would be no branch.  I cannot thank them enough, they are the real heroes.”
    Central Devon MP Mel Stride, who has worked closely with Mr Rogers over many years, fully supported the award, adding:
    “Stuart’s honour is completely deserved. He has done a huge amount to promote post offices both locally and at the national level. He has also taken a community minded approach to all that he has done. Ashburton is lucky to have him and this honour recognises the huge contribution that he has made to so many locally.”